The ACT Meteors have further bolstered their playing stocks after securing New Zealand internationals Sara McGlashan and Lea Tahuhu for the upcoming Women’s National Cricket League season.
The signings follow the announcement that former Australian Under 19 representative Nicole Goodwin had put pen to paper with the Meteors.
McGlashan donned the blue and gold of the ACT last season, and her return to Manuka Oval will prove invaluable for the title contenders.
Meteors Coach Andrew Dawson was delighted with the signing of McGlashan, who averaged 25 with the bat in 2014/15.
“It’s outstanding to have Sara return for the forthcoming season,” Dawson said.
”Outside of being a world class player, she also provides as wealth of experience and strong values to the squad, allowing her to play a key mentor role with younger players.”
The New Zealand veteran has earned 180 international caps, while her incoming White Ferns teammate Lea Tahuhu has donned New Zealand colours on 43 occasions.
“Lea is an emerging international fast bowler for the White Ferns and will be a superb addition to the fast bowling unit,” said Dawson.
“Providing strike power up front, Lea will no doubt assist with development of the other Meteors fast bowlers.”
Nicole Goodwin has not turned out in the WNCL since 2011, but the 30-year-old all-rounder will provide the Meteors with more bowling options with her left arm medium pacers.
Goodwin won a number of WNCL titles in her time with the New South Wales Breakers, and will bring championship-winning experience to the Meteors line-up.
Dawson labelled Goodwin as a fierce competitor, with the import excited at the prospect of turning out in the capital’s colours.
“I am really looking forward to a fresh start after having three seasons out of the game,” said Goodwin.
“I am really looking forward to getting involved with the Meteors program and adding my knowledge and experience to the playing group.
“My goals for my first season with the Meteors is to play my best cricket and contribute as much as possible to helping the ACT win their first ever silverware in the Women’s National Cricket League.”
One of world cricket’s most devastating bowlers, Lea Tahuhu will be a vital addition to the squad following the recent loss of fast bowler Rene Farrell to the NSW Breakers.
Part of Australia’s victorious Ashes team, Farrell has departed the nation’s capital for WNCL powerhouses in a bid to play closer to home.
The ACT Meteors begin their WNCL campaign on October 9 against Tasmania in Brisbane.
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